- Allows customers to shop your store 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!
- Scalable from small shops to larger shops with hundreds to tens of thousands of products.
- Showcase mode available – showcase your products without pricing/ordering/purchasing.
- Customer Access Control available – only allow customers access to pricing – or access to buying – until after authorisation by Admin. You can restrict them from browsing at all too, if desired.
- Multiple language support.
- Multiple currency support.
- Easy installation program guides you easily through the setup process.
- Multiple items can be added to the shopping cart by simply entering quantities and click Add.
- Search options allow you to search for products based on name, description, metatags, price, and more!
- Easily upgrade from one version to the next. Upgrade Detection notifies administrators of new versions at login.
- Easily keep your product catalog updated – no HTML coding required to add, modify or delete products.
- Entire categories of products (or individual products) can be enabled/disabled with just a few clicks.
- Sort order of products is easily controlled in the Admin area.
- Products can be marked as Free, or “Call for Price”.
- Products can be marked as “Featured” for specific highlighting/attention.
- Products can be linked and/or copied to multiple categories.
- Minimum or Maximum Quantities and Units – You can sell 1 per customer, or require at least 4 and in multiples of 2. You can set requirements on a per-product basis.
- Low-Stock notifications to administrator when inventory is getting low (level can be configured).
- Product attributes can be added, either as Radio buttons, Checkboxes, Drop-down Lists, Text Boxes, File Uploads, File Downloads and more.
- Attribute Options can up-charge the price of an item or an item can have it’s price completely controlled by Attributes.
- Attributes can be configured as “read only” so as to provide a Features list.
- One-time fees can be added to products via attributes.
- Attributes also support Text Pricing, such as price-per-word or price-per-letter for personalised products.
- Attributes can show image/color swatches.
Payments, Shipping, Taxes
- Shipping Estimator allows your customer to get an idea of their shipping costs prior to checkout.
- Low-Order Fees can be configured.
- COD Fees can be added.
- Shipping Tare, Large-Package handling to give fine-grain control over shipping services.
- Tax rates, tax zones, etc easily configured in the admin area.
- PayPal IPN and many other popular Merchant Services supported.
- Shipping Options — multiple carriers are supported, including Hold for Pickup, Free Delivery in an area, and most major couriers and postal services.
- CVV2 card verification number support is available for compliance with most Merchant Agreements. This feature is enabled/disabled in the Admin.
Specials, Discounts, Sales
- Quantity Discounts can be configured per-product for varying pricing levels or quantity levels.
- Customer “Group Pricing” allows groups of users to receive a set discount amount at checkout.
- Discount Coupons and Gift Certificates are easily handled both by customers and administrators.
- Merchandise Pricing options — Single and Multiple items can be put on Sale. Sale options include Percentage-off, Fixed Amount off, New Price, etc. Sales can include or exclude product attributes. You can add or exclude a discount from a Special. You can put a whole category or the entire store on sale!
- Newsletter system and Product Notification system.
- Send administrative emails on most customer shopping activities to various administrators as desired. Email addresses are protected from abuse, as they are not displayed on-screen. The Contact Us page can be configured to support multiple destinations, such as Sales, Technical Support, Webmaster, and so on.
- HTML-style email supported.
- Email can be sent via sendmail, smtp, or smtp-with-authorisation.
- Email archiving supported for audit trail.
- Administrative activity logging enabled for audit trail — especially beneficial with recent Merchant Agreement requirements concerning tracking of activity related to accessing customer information.
- Advertising Banners — show information about your business colleagues and track banner link activity. Banners open in new windows so that customers never really leave your site.
- Customers can write product reviews (approvals can be required by an Administrator).
Powerful Admin Console
- Features can be quickly and easily enabled / disabled from the Admin.
- Nearly every piece of information about your products can be controlled in the Admin areas, giving you the ability to fine-tune how your products and services appear to your customers. Features and options can be enabled/disabled quickly and easily.
Easy to Customise
- Store layout can be controlled in great detail simply by switching settings in the Admin area. Choose your side column and box widths, Bread Crumb Separator, which Sideboxes you want to appear where on the page, enable/disable links in various places.
- Advanced template system using stylesheets and images.
- Any PHP coding changes can be protected during upgrades by using the built-in override protection system.
- Simply switch from one installed template to another with a couple of clicks in the Admin.
- The Product Type feature allows you to customize information fields and display format for different products differently. Products for sale vs Documents for viewing, vs Music Downloads, and the list goes on.
- For the Developer… simple customization via Stylesheets.
- Developers Toolkit helps quickly locate a setting or text string to be customized.
- Built in WYSIWYG page editor for modifying non database pages. (version 2.0).
- Add multiple images to your products, in small/medium/large format. Popups are available if desired for viewing of larger images.
Safe & Secure
- No one but your administrative personnel can access your customer/catalog data.
- Tight security on password handling, login/logout and more.
- Verification for Agreement to the Terms of Service has been added for compliance with new laws regarding privacy and disclosure.
- Track Who’s Online interactively.
- Popular combination of PHP and MySQL technologies.
- User frontend is validated to XHTML 1.0 Transitional.
- Integrate with phpBB so that your support forum login passwords match your Zen Cart shop.
- Built-in WYSIWYG page editor for modifying non-database pages.
- Easily upgrade from one version to the next. Upgrade detection notifies store owners of new versions at login to Admin.
- If you need to take your site offline for a period of maintenance, you can do it easily by posting advance notices, as well as a friendly Down For Maintenance page that’s also Search-Engine friendly. Webmaster and WebDesigner can specify IP addresses to override maintenance and still access the site for testing.
Search Engine Optimised
- Intelligent generation of metatags content for search engines.
- Automatic detection of search engine spiders.
- Metatag keywords and descriptions can be controlled at the per-product level, all from the Admin.